The roof is your home’s first line of defense against the elements. When it gets too old or damaged, the resulting leaks can have repercussions throughout your entire home. Know the red flags that your roofing needs to be replaced, so you can catch problems early on and save money on repairs.
When to Replace Your Roofing
1. Light in the Attic
Walk up to the attic during the middle of the day when the sun is shining brightest on the roof. The only natural light in this space should be coming through any windows. Any other beams of light shining through the eaves are entering through a hole that shouldn’t be there. If light can get in, so can water.
2. Streaks or Stains
If the roofing has a leak, you will see the water damage first immediately under the roof or in the walls at its base. The moisture will create dark streaks or stained spots on the walls or ceiling. Keep in mind that the leak is not necessarily right above the stain. Water can travel along joists or eaves once it gets inside the attic and come out in a different location.
If you have an asphalt shingle roof, the shingles will start to deteriorate as they age. They typically last about 20 years, after which they’ll shed their granules. You may find what looks like course black sand building up in the gutters. This is especially common after a rainstorm, when the rain washes the granules down into the drainage system.
Once you see the signs of age and damage, you’ll want to have the roof replaced as soon as possible. Lion Construction Group is a fully certified roofing company in Hurst, TX, offering roof replacements throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area. They install all types of roofing to meet your budget, needs, and architectural style. They will walk you through your options to help you choose the best solution. Learn more online and call (214) 444-9050 for a free inspection.